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March 23, 2009 14:19 ET

Government of Canada to Help With Flooding Costs in Saskatchewan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 23, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety today announced that the Government of Canada will share the cost of eligible expenditures incurred by Saskatchewan through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) for damages caused by extensive flooding in the spring and summer of 2007.

"The Government of Canada is dedicated to working collaboratively with the provinces and territories when natural disasters strike, and to provide the best assistance possible to Canadians," said Minister Van Loan. "Our main priority is protecting the safety and security of Canadians, and governments stand together to restore infrastructure damaged by the floods and to protect the families and communities that depend on us."

Extensive spring snow melt and water run-off resulted in extreme high water levels from March through to November 2007. Many communities in the northeastern and east central parts of Saskatchewan were affected by the resultant flooding which severely damaged both public and private property.

The province has indicated that initial estimates of the damages are in excess of $100M.

For more information on the DFAA program and its requirements, please visit the website

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